|Posted on September 2, 2017 at 10:15 PM|
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With their new ESPZEN Saturday League 18 season kick-off a week away, Hilderinc FC concluded their three game pre-season programme with an uninhibited performance against, FPSG league side, Naranja AFC, running wild with a seven-goal rout in an eventful match.
Having played the former ESPZEN Saturday side in August 2016 ahead of their maiden campaign following their transition from ESPZEN Sunday football, the Hilderincs were eager to avoid a repeat of a sloppy 3-3 draw, which carried the similar theme in an exasperating season, which ultimately saw them relegate for the first time in their seventeen year history.
Making five changes to the side which started last weekend, the Blacks welcomed back Gopal Peethambaran and Glenn Sandhu, as they took the liberty to experiment with Nicholas Ledenmark and Adib Alias in the heart of the midfield, while handing Dionisis Kolokotsas his bow in the Hilderinc colours, making him the first Greek to play for the side, adding to the cosmopolitan tradition of the Club, and veteran came away looking like a hand in a glove, as he took to the side like his own, especially with his partnership with Denis Lobov.
Notwithstanding the intense weather, a couple of undesirables within, the otherwise, placid Naranjas, would set the tone for constant annoyance with their lack of simple dexterity on their feet, but justifying a delusional sense of self-awareness, and/or absence of, plus total void of self-respect and maximum measure of crass.
However, undeterred by the foolish shenanigans, a fact lost on a referee, who in equally value displayed his incompetence to spot barefaced and deliberate infringements from the duo, the Hilderincs were in complete focus in letting their football issue the rightful statement.
Having had unrivalled control of the play from kick-off, the Blacks took the lead inside ten minutes when Dionisis Kolokotsas’ pass was beautifully laid onto Hoonki Song, who finished off the move with a well-taken shot into the back of the net.
It could have been two in a matter of seconds from the restart, after Erdogan Albay found himself at the end of an eight pass move which started with Basil Al Barr, deep within their own half, but the German’s shot agonisingly found the side-netting.
The Blacks were then denied a penalty when Ian Morris was deliberately upended in the box, but referee who qualified his lack with ignorance, would give a dropball instead.
There was no denying the Hilderincs their extension a mere three minutes after their opener when Hoonki Song’s pinpoint cross was well taken on the chest by Stepan Lobov before the Russian fired in a volley from close range.
With a two goal lead, the Hilderincs were in no rush to press their claims for more goals, especially in the heat, though they did have opportunities to put the game beyond reach of their opponents, but at the same, needed Gopal Peethambaran to tip a speculative shot unto the post to maintain their numeric advantage.
The Blacks’ keeper was beaten towards the end of the half after an odd drift allowed a young Naranja forward to pull a goal back, however, that was the only sniff they would have for the rest of the game.
It was business as usual at the start of the second half for the Hilderincs, who reestablished their two goal advantage within a minute of the restart after Stephan Lobov, left unmarked inside the box, applied the finishing touches to Adib Alias’ searching ball into the box.
Having had his brace, Stepan Lobov turned provider for Omar Mahnin with an intelligent cutback, with the Dutchman put away with an exquisite finish.
With the floodgates open, the Hilderincs ran riot with their constant pursuit for more goals, with every Black playing his part in extinguishing any remaining resolute the Naranjas might have had had.
Omar Mahnin would get his second and the Hilderincs fifth with a quick thinking reactive shot, after an intense period of siege during which time, Hoonki Song, Adib Alias, Jon Loh and Stepan Lobov, all came within a whisker.
Erdogan Albay, who was unfortunate not to get his name on the scoresheet in the first half, duly added to the tally after another fine work from Hoonki Song, who was a constant threat, and Adib Alias, who continue to delight with his continued return to full match fitness.
Glenn Sandhu, who was flying in his improvised wingback role, concluded the rout with a well-taken grounder, which had the entire Naranja defence, flatfooted, watching as the ball slid into the bottom corner.
Even after seven goals to the good, the Hilderincs were insatiable as the kept lining up to add to the tally, but it could not have gotten any comprehensive regardless.
Though the utter disgraceful act of pulling Rama Witjaksono’s hair and splitting on his face by one of the earlier mentioned undesirables midway through the second half would leave a slight bitter taste, for the fact that such third grade lowlifes should have no place playing the Beautiful Game.
Nonetheless, there was no taking away the Hilderincs’ gloss on the manner they dispatched a side they had struggled to put away just a year ago.
While the league will certainly add a lot more challenges than faced in this friendly, the Blacks look most balanced and having good depth in a long while, especially with the recent inclusion of youth and experience, though the Hilderincs are fully aware that the hard work has just began.
Hilderinc FC 7 : Naranja AFC 1
Goals: Stepan Lobov (2), Omar Mahnin (2), Hoonki Song, Erdogan Albay, Glenn Sandhu
1. Gopal Peethambaran
2. Glenn Sandhu
3. Denis Lobov
4. Dionisis Kolokotsas
5. Basil Al Barr
6. Nicholas Ledenmark
7. Adib Alias
8. Hoonki Song
9. Stepan Lobov
10. Ian Morris
11. Erdogan Albay
12. Sunny Tharidu
13. Rama Witjaksono
14. Jon Loh
15. Omar Mahnin
16. Mike De Bear